Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

Changes to tenancy laws aim to make homes warmer, drier and safer for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders without imposing excessive bureaucracy or cost.

New requirements

Legislative changes to require insulation and smoke alarms to be in all rental properties came into force on 1 July 2016. Landlords must meet these requirements before 1 July 2019.

Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016

These changes affect those who:

  • rent privately
  • live in social housing
  • are a private rental or social housing landlord.

Full details of the new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all residential tenancies can be found on the Tenancy Services website.

Additional Requirements

Additional insulation requirements for rental properties are being considered under the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017.

Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017

Under all proposed options, landlords who install new ceiling and underfloor insulation to comply with the current insulation requirements for rental homes would not need to carry out further work on that insulation to comply with the healthy homes standards as long as the insulation remains in reasonable condition.

Healthy Homes Standards

Use of foil to insulate properties is banned

The installation and/or repair of foil insulation in residential properties is banned.

A ban on installing and/or repairing foil insulation in residential buildings with existing electrical installations has been declared under the Building Act 2004.

It's an offence under the Act to breach this ban and anyone who breaches it may be liable to a fine of up to $200,000.

Building Performance — warnings and bans on building products

Published: Oct 1, 2018